The gaming community doesn't typically put a lot of stock in what media outlets such as Time
have to say about our collective hobby. But these publications do tend to have their fingers on the pulse of the mainstream, providing perspective on and to that other, oh, baziliion or so
consumers who aren't "enthusiasts." So, when they tell their audience that Apple's iPhone
could be big for gaming, it's definitely worth taking notice.
In its article, "Can the iPhone Rule Gaming?
," Time makes some compelling points. One quarter of all currently available iPhone app store titles are games, and, further to that, seven out of the top 10 paid app downloads are games. Also, as the article points out, a third of the iPhone userbase is in the game industry's hottest demographic, aged 26 and under. The article spotlights the ease of downloading games to the device directly as a key advantage over DS and PSP. These factors, combined with titles such as Spore: Origins
, could, in Time's words, "Bring the iPhone into the same league as the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP."
Still, there are questions raised, particularly regarding software quality. The piece's author, Anita Hamilton, states, "Key to the iPhone's success as a gaming platform is a deep portfolio of titles that take advantage of the device's coolest attributes, such as its tilt sensor," adding that, "It remains to be seen ... whether iPhone games actually evolve beyond the amusing, lightweight titles available now."